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United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be in a stable condition after spending several nights in the intensive care unit (ICU) for the novel coronavirus (Sars-CoV2), said Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.
“The latest from the hospital is that the prime minister remains in intensive care where his condition is improving. I can also tell you that he has been sitting up in bed and is engaging positively with the clinical team,” Sunak announced during a press briefing.
Johnson is said to be making continuous progress but will remain in the ICU for the time being. He tested positive for the virus on March 27, displaying mild symptoms, and was hospitalized on April 5 after his symptoms did not subside.
Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds has also been suffering from novel coronavirus symptoms, but has not been tested for it. “I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus. I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend,” Symonds tweeted on April 5.
Queen wishes Johnson family well
Queen Elizabeth II has sent a message to the household, wishing them a speedy recovery.
“Earlier today The Queen sent a message to Carrie Symonds and to the Johnson family. Her Majesty said they were in her thoughts and that she wished the Prime Minister a full and speedy recovery,” read an announcement on the royal family’s Twitter account.
Record number of deaths in 24 hours
The daily death toll in the UK due to the virus passed the 900 mark for the first time on April 8 – fast approaching the daily death toll numbers seen in Italy and Spain. A total of 938 patients succumbed to the virus within 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 7,09.
Experts, however, say that the UK has not reached its peak in infection and death figures yet. The daily death toll from the coronavirus is expected to peak this weekend and it could last for days or weeks, according to microbiologist, Simon Clarke. “I expect, given the models that have been proposed, to see the peak begin this weekend at some point, give or take a couple of days. That peak will last for some days, possibly a couple of weeks,” Clarke said.
Clarke added that the number of daily deaths should fall after the plateau, but it is “highly unlikely” to drop immediately after reaching the peak.